While there are sites like Bespoke Unit that offer high levels of value, just about anyone who knows anything about clothes will agree that one man literally wrote the book on how men can remain permanently fashionable. That man is Alan Flusser. This is where I find the most value. Only in this way can we know the rules so well as to break them. The current menswear community owes a lot to Mr.
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While there are sites like Bespoke Unit that offer high levels of value, just about anyone who knows anything about clothes will agree that one man literally wrote the book on how men can remain permanently fashionable. That man is Alan Flusser. This is where I find the most value. Only in this way can we know the rules so well as to break them. The current menswear community owes a lot to Mr. GQ India recounts a fun story: When Flusser went to meet Douglas in his apartment, he was wearing suede shoes, a double-breasted suit, horizontal striped shirt, and pinned collar.
Flusser teaches us how to do just that. The focus on history is paramount throughout the book. Throughout the book, there are tons of pictures and illustrations.
Not only are there plenty of visuals, but those visuals are used in a pedagogical way. If you want to learn about how much shirt collar should be showing above your suit jacket collar. If you want to learn about the history of the brogue, go to the shoe chapter. If you want to learn about how to coordinate patterns, go to the chapter that talks about pattern coordination.
Pros This is a one-stop shop of a book for tailored menswear. We cannot understate the value of this information. Flusser unlocks mysteries of color coordination and pattern coordination, both of which are concepts that many men struggle with but have no one to turn to for help except us, of course… Again, there are visuals on nearly every page.
This is obviously a huge help when talking about how clothes are supposed to look. Business casual gets its own chapter at the end. As this is a dress code that causes more confusion than it provides guidance, this is one of the most helpful chapters in the book.
The glossary at the end is extensive to say the least. Flusser suggests that smart dress shoes look best with tailored trousers. Cons The only con of the book is that it seems to view the interwar period as the only era of menswear worth replicating. On the other hand, newer interpretations of fit and styling are not mentioned. Flusser really, really advocates for pleats, especially with braces.
While we certainly see value in pleated trousers for certain body types, this is a bit dated. Favorite Parts A tie with a deep dimple below the knot, just as Flusser advises. You will learn everything from how to mate two patterns of the same design to mixing four different patterns all at once. When discussing color contrast, actually being able to see how the garments around the face will affect the color of the eyes and skin undertones.
Flusser is a giant of the menswear industry. As a tailor and sartorial historian, his advice is perfectly timeless. Leave A Comment.
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Hence why, when I awoke the other morning in a cold sweat, suddenly acutely aware that I knew nothing about fashion, I promptly leapt upon the Amazon machine and clicked the button for this book, listed as one of the most popular titles available on the topic. It arrived and, besides the monumentally daunting size of the damn thing, the most striking element that came with it was the knowledge that smart male attire has changed very little over the years. This fact stands particularly true in regards to the suit, which is all this impressively proficient author cares about anyway. And it makes sense! Because when you wear a suit, things get done.
Each garment has at least two fittings, and then is finished, hand-buttonholed, and pressed in our NYC workshop. These shirts are designed by Alan and made exclusively for us each season in Italy. We can also help complete any outfit with our selection of neckties, scarves, and pocket squares. The hand-tailored shell molds to your body, becoming not only more feminine with time, but ultimately your go-to friend, the first one you pull out of the closet in the morning and the last one you take off at night. His best-selling books such as Dressing the Man continue to illuminate generations of men seeking the promise of permanent style.
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
Dressing The Man: Mastering The Art Of Permanent Fashion By Alan Flusser – Book Review